Friday, December 5, 2008

A Slice of Hawke's Bay Luxury...

Greenhill Lodge, Hawke's Bay. Dec. 2008. Images Supplied.
I’m a sucker for an old homestead, so Greenhill Lodge in Hawke’s Bay is right up my alley. Designed by architect, George Sollitt (1834-1912) it features a grand three-storey central viewing turret, where lodge owners, Neil Barber and Craig Hay have created a small sitting room complete with telescope. The homestead was built by Archibald McLean and was started in 1897. Its many gorgeous features include the grand, wood-panelled billiard room, elaborate hand-painted lead lights, elegant carved archways and now, five elaborate guest suites, each with its own ensuite. The old stables have been converted into a gymnasium and a pool awaits. Greenhill was owned by six generations of the same family and their most esteemed guest was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1958. The property finally sold in 2001 to Neil and Craig, who have established it as one of Hawke’s Bay’s star properties.

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